PaeBaek: Korean Wedding Ceremony

Yes, another wedding related post.  Bear with me friends!  When my parents came to visit in April, there was a lot of debate and preparation for whether or not my brother and his fiancee would participate (or include) the PaeBaek in their wedding this July.  If you live in Los Angeles, having a paebaek is a cinch.  You hire a company (prices range from $300-$1500) to come set up the materials, give you your outfit, do your hair, and help you re-create the traditional ceremony.  The bride and groom basically bow to every member of the groom’s family and participate in symbolic supersitutions and rights of passage.  It’s all very fun and more for pictures these days than the actual meaning of the ceremony.  My friends have generally done this during the cocktail hour so that guests don’t have to watch if they don’t want to.  Plus it’s nice for the bride/groom to knock it out while their guests are boozing it up at the bar.  LOL.

Anyway, this is a ceremony that I’m super excited to have one day~ it’ll be fun, playful and a lifetime of great memories!  For those of you who are unfamiliar with it…here are some pictures:


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